New Bern Drawbridge Almost Done!

The New Bern Drawbridge that has been under construction for the past two and a half years is nearing completion.

This from DOT officials who say contractors have been testing the new drawbridge for the past 2 weeks.

The deadline for completion which had already been extended was December 12.

Contractor Balfour Beatty has filed for an additional three day extension that would send the project into the winter months phase.

This is when no liquidated damages can be collected by the state.

DOT Resident Engineer Johnny Metcalfe says the bridge is expected to be finished in about a month.

The winter months phase applies to all DOT contracts and runs from December 15th through March 15.


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